Born: Mar 24, 1757 AD
Died: 1825 AD, at 68 years of age.
1757 - Born in Calvert County, Maryland on the 24th of March.
1775 - Wilkinson first served in Thompson’s Pennsylvania rifle battalion.
- He was commissioned a captain in September.
- He served under Col. Benedict Arnold in the Siege of Boston and at Montreal during the Invasion of Canada.
- He became an aide to General Horatio Gates and served under General George Washington in the battles at Trenton and Princeton.
1777 - He was brevetted as a major general.
1778 - He was concurrently secretary to the Board of War.
1779-1781 - He then served as clothier general of the Army from July to March.
1782 - He became Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania militia.
1784 - He moved to the Kentucky District and was active there in efforts to achieve independence from Virginia.
1787 - Wilkinson undertook a highly controversial trip to New Orleans, which was a colony of Spain.
- In August, Wilkinson signed an expatriation declaration and swore allegiance to the King of Spain.
1788 - Upon returning to Kentucky in February, Wilkinson vigorously opposed the new U.S. Constitution.
- Wilkinson had apparently lost the support of officials in the Spanish mainland.
1791 - In March, he led a force of Kentucky volunteers against Indians north of the Ohio River, and in October he received a commission to the U.S. Army as lieutenant colonel, commandant of the 2nd Infantry.
1793 - He secretly maintained contacts with the Spanish government and informed them of plans for General George Rogers Clark to attack New Orleans.
1794 - He was promoted to Brigadier General and served on the frontier under General Anthony Wayne, commanding the right wing in the Battle of Fallen Timbers in August.
1796 - He was appointed commander at Detroit and partially redeemed himself by rejecting entreaties to lead a rebellion in the Natchez, Mississippi, area.
1796-1798 - He became the senior officer of the U.S. Army from December 15th to July 13th.
- Wilkinson was transferred to the southern frontier.
1790 - During the Quasi-War crisis of the between France and the United States, he was given the third place in the United States Army behind George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.
1800-1812 - Wilkinson was again the senior officer of the United States Army, from June 15th to January 27th.
- He exchanged communications with Aaron Burr, which many suspect concerned Burr's conspiracy to set up an independent nation in the west.
- He was found not guilty on the 25th of December.
- Wilkinson was commissioned a major general in the War.
1813 - In March, Wilkinson and his soldiers occupied Mobile in Spanish West Florida.
1814 - He led two failed campaigns and was relieved from active service, but he was cleared by a military inquiry.
1816-1821 - He published his memoirs, Memoirs of My Own Times and visited Mexico in pursuit of a Texas land grant.
1825 - Died on the 28th of December.
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